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 (nŏm′ə-thĕt′ĭk) or nom·o·thet·ic·al (-ĭk-əl)
1. Of or relating to lawmaking; legislative.
2. Of or relating to the study or discovery of general laws, as of nature or of human behavior.

[Greek nomothetikos : nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots + thetikos, thetic; see thetic.]

nom·o·thet′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˌnɒməˈθɛtɪk) or


1. (Law) giving or enacting laws; legislative
2. (Psychology) psychol of or relating to the search for general laws or traits, esp in personality theory. Compare idiographic
[C17: from Greek nomothetikos, from nomothetēs lawgiver]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nomothetic - relating to or involving the search for abstract universal principles
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
idiographic - relating to or involving the study of individuals
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Savigny's refusal to accept legislation as the paramount object of legal science did not mean that the nomothetical aspects of the spirit of the people should be its only object.
It is true, in the Case of human Laws and Constitutions a Legislator may be constituted by the Persons, who are to be afterwards (i) obliged by that authority that he himself either wholly, or at least as one of j Community transfers to that Person, as these (k) Persons to whom this Nomothetical Power is thus Transacted; (l) And therefore if we should supose the new erection either of a (m) Kingly or Aristocratical or Democratical Government, by the paction n or stipulation of any Society or Community of Men; by this paction if I am one of that Community I do together with the rest transfer to this Government a Power to oblige me by the Laws which such o Governors shall make.
Also, consistent with the work of Lindsley, Brass, and Thomas (1995), it would be possible to use a more nomothetical approach based on virtuous and vicious spirals.